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What Are the Common Causes of Stress in College Students?Updated on February 26, 2018- Kieron graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2000 with a Bachelorsdegree in Psychology.Stress can hit college students from every angle.The college years have often been called "the greatest years of our lives" due to the fact that there israrely a time when people learn so much, meet so many people, and experience so many new thingsat one time. With so many positive stories around, it can be easy to overlook the fact that there arealso a large number of challenges present at a university. For many young students, it is possible thatcollege could also end up being the most stressful years of their lives.The unique thing about being a college student is that there are so many possible sources of distressat any given point in time. Some people may not feel any of them during their time on campus whileothers can be overwhelmed by all of them at some point.Academics, culture shock, finances, and social life all come together to make the college experiencemore challenging. A glance into each one demonstrates reveals some of the more common types ofstress students deal with on a daily basis.Maintaining Academic SuccessTrying to stay at the top of the class can be tough. The most obvious source of stress for a collegestudent is trying to maintain a healthy GPA through graduation. A student's grades can impact classranking, graduate school acceptance, future financial aid, and possible job offers. If for some reasongrades start to fall, it is possible that scholarships can be revoked or students may be asked to taketime off from school. This puts a huge amount of pressure on every term paper or exam that anundergrad faces.Another academic-related issue facing scholars is choosing a major or career path. Although manyschools give students time before having to declare a major, there are some programs that requireindividuals to start taking pre-requisite classes right away in order to graduate on time. This leaves